# Questions tagged [factorial]

Questions on the factorial function, $n!=n\cdot(n-1)\cdot...\cdot1$. Consider using the tag (gamma-function) if dealing with noninteger arguments.

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### Simplifying this factorial expression

I know that $\frac{(m-1)!}{(m-n)!(n-1)!} + \frac{(m-1)!}{(m-n-1)!(n)!} = \frac{m!}{(n)!(m-n)!}$, but I am not sure on the intermediate steps. The only solution I am seeing involves finding a common ...
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### Solve by induction: $n!>(n/e)^n$

To Prove : $n! > (n/e)^n$ The question seems easy but it ain't; anyone up for it ?
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### Probability, factorials, the mystery of it all

Continuing on with the GRE practice questions I have, I'm confused about how to solve the following types of probability questions. Martha invited 4 friends to go with her to the movies. There are ...
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### Combination Problem with a Variable

I have the following problem: $_xC_6$ = $_xC_4$ I expand both sides to: $$\frac{x!}{[(x-6)!]6!} = \frac{x!}{[(x-4)]!4!}$$ Next I multiply both sides by the denominator of the right-hand ...
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### Permutation Problem with a Variable

13P5 = 1287(xPx) I simplify the above to: 13!/8! = 1287(x!) The expression on the left simplifies to 154,440. I divide both sides by 1287 to get: 120=x! At this point I'm stumped. Thanks in ...
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### How accurately can huge factorials be calculated?

Given a number like $10^{20}!$, what can I, in a reasonable amount of time, figure out about it? Can I figure out how many digits it has, and/or what the first digit is? I found Striling's ...
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### What's the value of $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{k^2}{k!}$?

For some series, it is easy to say whether it is convergent or not by the "convergence test", e.g., ratio test. However, it is nontrivial to calculate the value of the sum when the series converges. ...
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### Which is bigger: $9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9}}}}}}}}}$ or $9!!!!!!!!!$?

In my classes I sometimes have a contest concerning who can write the largest number in ten symbols. It almost never comes up, but I'm torn between two "best" answers: a stack of ten 9's (exponents) ...
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### Arrangement of six triangles in a hexagon

You have six triangles. Two are red, two are blue, and two are green. How many truly different hexagons can you make by combining these triangles? I have two possible approachtes to solving this ...
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### Prove $0! = 1$ from first principles

How can I prove from first principles that $0!$ is equal to $1$?
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### How many consecutive composite integers follow k!+1?

I wrote a program for myself in Mathematica to generate the answer for the first 300, which was really easy, but I can't find a pattern. The results are here. This is a problem in Underwood Dudley's ...
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### How come the number $N!$ can terminate in exactly $1,2,3,4,$ or $6$ zeroes but never $5$ zeroes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Highest power of a prime $p$ dividing $N!$ How come the number $N!$ can terminate in exactly $1,2,3,4,$ or $6$ zeroes but never $5$ zeroes?
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### Is there a closed-form equation for $n!$? If not, why not?

I know that the Fibonacci sequence can be described via the Binet's formula. However, I was wondering if there was a similar formula for $n!$. Is this possible? If not, why not?